Starmer calls for 'circuit-breaker' lockdown

  • Starmer calls for 'circuit-breaker' lockdown

Starmer calls for 'circuit-breaker' lockdown

Mr Johnson said he would stick to this localized approach in responding to opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer's call for a temporary national lockdown.

Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said it may be too late to implement a two-week circuit-breaker over the October school half-term but that December could be an option.

In testy exchanges at Prime Minister's Questions, Johnson accused him of opportunism and urged the Labour chief to put pressure on his party's local leaders in northern England to accept tighter restrictions under the new multi-tier system.

"And the advice that I have today is that if we do the regional approach that commended itself to the House, and indeed to the right honourable gentleman (Keir Starmer) on Monday, we can bring down the arc and we can bring down the virus".

United Kingdom government critics say a brief, harsh nationwide lockdown could be more effective than local action and more equitably distribute the economic burden.

The Government rejected the advice as they were concerned about the impact this would have on the economy.

Local authorities also said the United Kingdom government was not offering enough financial support to mitigate the economic impact of such a move.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted he wanted to avoid the "misery" of another national lockdown as Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned it would cause "significant damage" to livelihoods.

On Tuesday night in Liverpool, revellers poured into the streets to dance and taunt police as pubs closed ahead of the tough new restrictions there.

The images were featured on social media, including a video of a police vehicle slowly moving through the crowd as parties knock on the side of the auto.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said that crowds of people partying as Merseyside's Tier 3 restrictions came into place "shame our city".

"Our health service is creaking, 300 in the hospital and 30 people a week".

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said that the Tier 3 restrictions are "fundamentally flawed" and "we won't accept it".

This comes after reports that Northern Ireland is set to become the first part of the United Kingdom to impose a "circuit breaker" where tighter restrictions will be in place for four weeks.

The restrictions apply for two weeks in schools and four weeks in pubs and restaurants, although take-away service can continue.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: "We do not take this step lightly".

"This is the time for solutions".

Nicola Sturgeon advised Scots against travelling to English coronavirus hotspots, singling out Blackpool as "associated with a large and growing number of Covid cases in Scotland". We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.